Former Finance, External Affairs Minister, India
• Former Finance, External Affairs Minister of India;
• Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Surface Transport;
• Under Secretary and Deputy Secretary in the Finance Department of the Bihar Government;
• First Secretary (Commercial) in the Indian Embassy, Bonn, Germany (1971-1973);
• Consul General of India in Frankfurt (1973-1974);
• Ministry of Commerce as Deputy Secretary to the Government of India;
• Joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1960; and
• Political Science Professor at Patna University (1958-1960).
Patna University (Masters Degree in Political Science, 1958).
Mobile app reveals what products contain palm oil
Mongabay: A new app enables iPhone [download] and Android [download] users to scan barcodes to reveal whether household products contain palm oil.
The app, officially released Monday, was conceived by Australia-based Palm Oil Investigations (POI) and developed by Spectrum Solutions. POI says the app, which is geared toward Australian consumers, aims to encourage companies to adopt responsible palm oil sourcing polices.
"It will make it easier for people to choose which products to purchase at the supermarket...
Rise govt insurance rates to mirror rising waters, flood debt
Washington Post: At her small beach house that sits in a flood zone, Nancy Loft-Powers worries. The prospect of rising water, she said, isn?t what bothers her. It?s the expected rise in the cost of her $7,500 yearly flood insurance.
?My insurance is more than my mortgage,? Loft-Powers said in a phone interview from her year-round home in Deerfield Beach, Fla., near Fort Lauderdale. ?I live by the beach in an old neighborhood. I pay [too much] insurance for a crap house that?s not great.?
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US to submit plans to fight global warming; most others delay
Reuters: The United States will submit plans for slowing global warming to the United Nations early this week but most governments will miss an informal March 31 deadline, complicating work on a global climate deal due in December.
The U.S. submission, on Monday or Tuesday according to a White House official, adds to national strategies beyond 2020 already presented by the 28-nation European Union, Mexico, Switzerland and Norway.
Together, they account for about a third of world greenhouse emissions....
Texas city opts for 100% renewable energy ? to save cash, not planet
Guardian: News that a Texas city is to be powered by 100% renewable energy sparked surprise in an oil-obsessed, Republican-dominated state where fossil fuels are king and climate change activists were described as ?the equivalent of the flat-earthers? by US senator and GOP presidential hopeful Ted Cruz.
?I was called an Al Gore clone, a tree-hugger,? says Jim Briggs, interim city manager of Georgetown, a community of about 50,000 people some 25 miles north of Austin.
Briggs, who was a key player in Georgetown?s...
Ozone air pollution could harm women's fertility
ScienceDaily: any urban and suburban areas have high levels of ground-level ozone, an air pollutant that can adversely affect lung and heart health. New research in mice suggests breathing high levels of ozone could also affect women's ability to conceive.
In some areas, ozone can reach high levels in the summer because the bright sunlight and heat combine with compounds from industrial emissions, car exhaust, and gasoline vapors to form the air pollutant. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency uses the color-coded...
Extreme cold temps not the result of climate change
RedOrbit: A harsh winter cold spell that affected much of the Eastern US last month may have shattered record low temperatures that had stood for decades, but it was not the result of climate change, according to researchers from ETH Zurich and the California Institute of Technology.
In fact, events experienced in that part of the country over the past two winters may have caused part of Niagara Falls to freeze and ice floes to form on the Great Lakes, but incidents like this are actually becoming increasingly...
Wildfires Tied to Drought, Heat & Topography, Not Beetles
Climate Central: In 2012, when the High Park Fire tore through a northern Colorado forest replete with dead trees left in the wake of a mountain pine beetle infestation, blame for the fire's spread across 87,000 acres was often placed primarily on the beetles.
The High Park Fire, which killed one person and destroyed 259 homes, and the attention to the beetles in its wake were part of the impetus for a new University of Colorado study showing that bark beetle infestations and the dead trees they leave behind have...
China sees through its coal-fired haze what Alabama cannot
AL.com: In China, where coal is indeed king, they're cracking down on coal-fired power plants. And in Alabama, where just three of every 1,000 jobs come from any kind of mining, we'd mainline mercury if we thought it would save a single one of those jobs. Beijing, which is so polluted they take pictures of the smog from space, will close the last of its big coal-fired power plants next year, according to a report by Bloomberg. In Alabama, where public officials contend climate change is nothing but an...